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A flaw in Firefox

Date: September 12, 2005
By: Tom Sanders

Firefox is susceptible to a buffer overflow attack that is deemed highly critical.

The flaw was discovered by security expert Tom Ferris and affects all versions of the open source browser up to 1.0.6 as well as the beta for Firefox 1.5, he reported on his website.

The vulnerability allows an attacker to remotely execute code on a system through a buffer overflow attack.

Demonstrating the vulnerability, Ferris offers a link to a page where a specially crafted URL will cause the browser to freeze and eventually crash, closing all browser windows. Microsoft Internet Explorer is unaffected by the flaw.
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